SHOUGANG Group, the parent company for an iron ore mining operation at Macheng mine in northern China, has awarded Clayton Equipment, Britain, a contract to supply 12 hybrid locomotives.

The order comprises seven 55-tonne and five 32-tonne battery-electric hybrid locomotives for delivery in 2022-23. The locomotives are compatible with the mine’s automation systems and Clayton will partner with Beijing Soly, which has the engineering, procurement and construction contract to automate haulage at the mine.

The locomotives are equipped with a cloud-based system designed to allow remote monitoring of the unit’s real-time performance from anywhere in the world, including while operating below ground to further enhance production efficiency, maintenance and safety. Clayton says this enables it to trouble shoot performance issues, investigate faults, install software updates and customise the operating parameters to suit the mine’s operators while preventing unscheduled downtime.

“We are extremely pleased to supply 12 Clayton hybrid locomotives to be used in one of the largest Chinese iron ore mines, this contract was secured in a very competitive marketplace,” says Clayton Equipment CEO, Mr Steve Gretton.

“The locomotives will provide sustainability and will be environmentally compliant to meet our customer’s commitments in investing in new technology and provide cost savings.”

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